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Codefreeze is an unconference with very little structure.
Actually, it’s not a conference at all.
CodeFreeze is a time and place for software craftspeople to meet.
We would like to have likeminded people to gather in one place and have long conversations about software craft under the magical night sky of winter Lapland.
And to practice our coding skills.
Did we mention that this place is above the arctic circle? Which is pretty cool.
Or freezingly cold actually.
Codefreeze is proud to be part of the family of SoCraTes conferences spread all over the Europe. The family of SoCraTes conferences include
In February 2015 there were about 20 people enjoying their time at Kiilopää. Want to know more - please visit the page where we actually can comment on some thoughts here
In January 2016 we met again and brought some of our loved ones and families along to Kiilopää. Find out who here
In January 2017 we met again and brought some of our loved ones and families along to Kiilopää. Find out who here
Directions: How to get there
The nearest airport is in Ivalo (IVL). Both Finnair and Norwegian flies from Helsinki to Ivalo, if not daily, then almost.
There are also some direct flights to Frankfurt, London and other places. Find out about the flight schedule.
From every single flight arriving at Ivalo, there is a bus connection from the airport to Kiilopää.
Take the earlier night train from south Finland to Rovaniemi. From Rovaniemi, there is a bus connection, leaving from the railway station.
Have you ever been coding under the northern lights? Or in a Lapp daylight? Early-mid February is one of the best times to see northern lights in action. And it also happens, that there’s a full moon during the stay. We’ve done what we can - provide best possible time for some extraordinary experiences.
We know it might be rather cold. Temperatures down to -25 ºC are normal at the time of the year. For some clothing tips, visit here
Being in Lapland in the winter, and one of the most important things is to have a decent sauna. And we do. There’s a big enough smoke sauna to have probably up to 30 programmers. And possibility for winter swimming on a relaxing little stream.
Want to relax a bit while coding?
Luckily, nature is at the core of Kiilopää. And not only that, Kiilopää provides daily trips to nearby fells guided by experienced nature guides. For example, there’s a snow shoe trip on Wednesday morning.
And what does it cost?
The prices are valid for the whole stay during the following duration
The prices include stay, breakfast, lunch, dinner and (most probably) smoke sauna on Monday or Tuesday:
In Kiilopää, Inari, next to Urho Kekkonen National Park. In the middle of nowhere, quite practically - just see the map
Spending some time at Kiilopää?
As folks found out on codefreeze 2015, the scenery is beautiful and there would be tons of interesting things to do, outside the realms of talking software. Suomen Latu Kiilopää organizes quite interesting set of safaris for all people. The possible safaris include, for example
SEARCHING FOR NORTHERN LIGHTS
a guided trip with snow shoes to nearby fells in the late evening to see the fantastic Aurora Borealis.
ON A REINDEER TREK
A reindeer caravan has been harnessed for you in the reindeer yard ready for your journey into the
silent wilderness. Guided by an original Sámi reindeer herder, you will drive
your own reindeer along the journey. The reindeer will take you across the
enchanting snowy white scenery. The frost glistens like diamonds on the
shoulders of the pine trees. You sit warmly and comfortably on reindeer skins
in a sleigh. Reindeer bells gently ring as their hooves crunch through the
snow. When the reindeer caravan returns to the yard, the experience of a
warm “kota” awaits you. Enjoy some hot drink while a reindeer herder gladly
tells you stories of his life in the wilds of Lapland. Transfer to and from
SEARCHING FOR NORTHERN LIGHTS ON A REINDEER TREK
Reindeer caravan will take you in to the woods. Moon and stars will guide your way and the silence of
wilderness will around you. Hot drinks and stories about reindeer in the kota after the sleigh ride.
Transfer to and from reindeer farm.
SNOWMOBILE SAFARI TO WILDERNESS
AURORA BOREALIS SAFARI BY SNOWMOBILES
FISHING EXPERIENCE BY SNOWMOBILE
SNOWMOBILE SAFARI TO REINDEER FARM
For more information about the safaris, including prices, see the brochure here or visit the official website
About this page
Images courtesy of Visit Finland and Suomen Latu
If you have any questions regarding to this event don’t hesitate to drop a line for Mr. Aki Salmi firstname.lastname@example.org